Committee on History & Philosophy in Physics

2014 Area Committee of the Year

The Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics has been selected as the 2014 AAPT Area Committee of the year.  The Committee has gone beyond the standard responsibilities of Area Committees and the Committee's mission and initiatives are aligned with the 2013 AAPT Strategic Plan. For example, they developed sessions and a field trip to the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis during the 2014 Summer Meeting, started an initiative to connect history of physics with recent developments in physics in such a way that this is useful for teachers of physics through sessions and workshops, continued to expand teachers' perceptions of the history of physics to non-European cultures through sessions and workshops, and are actively working on the Committee's website. The Executive Board appreciates the Committee's initiatives and looks forward to seeing positive outcomes of these and other initiatives.

2017 Annual Committee Report
2016 Annual Committee Report
2015 Annual Committee Report
2014 Annual Committee Report
2013 Annual Committee Report
2012 Annual Committee Report
2011 Annual Committee Report
2010 Annual Committee Report
2009 Annual Committee Report
2008 Annual Committee Report
2007 Annual Committee Report
2006 Annual Committee Report
2005 Annual Committee Report
2004 Committee Annual Report



Committee Members

Gen Long, Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
St John's University
8000 Utopia Pkwy
Department of Physics
Jamaica, NY United States 11439-0001
Phone: (718) 990-5386

Terry M. Christensen (Term ending after WM2020)
67 Kirkwood Dr
Newtown, PA United States 18940-1790

Svilen D. Kostov (Term ending after WM2021)
Georgia Southwestern State Univ
800 GSW Univ Dr
Americus, GA United States 31709
Phone: (229) 931-2321

Bradley K. McCoy (Term ending after WM2020)
Azusa Pacific University
Department of Mathematics & Physics
P.O. Box 7000
Azusa, CA United States 91702-7000

Joshua S. Von Korff (Term ending after WM2021)
Georgia State University
25 Park Place NE
Room 605
Atlanta, GA United States 30303
Phone: (404) 413-6009

Chuck Winrich (Term ending after WM2022)
Babson College
231 Forest Street
Kriebel 203
Babson Park, MA United States 02457-0310
Phone: 781-239-5583

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio
One Physics Ellipse
5th Floor
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3325; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Harvey S. Leff, PhD (2017)

Ekaterina I. Michonova, PhD (2018)

Christopher M. Nakamura (2019)



  1. To promote interest in the history and philosophy of physics among the Association members.
  2. To work towards the preservation and deepening of a historical perspective in physics education at all levels.
  3. To develop increased sensitivity among members to the need to preserve careful records of current happenings.
  4. To cooperate, as appropriate, with AIP's Center for the History of Physics and APS's Forum on the History of Physics.